Monday, March 29, 2010

A Fire Like No Other

Hey Guys,
Just let me tell you about today.  Did my thing at work, and then had 2 meetings afterwards, came home and decided that today was a good day to declutter.  Not just clean out a closet or something, lets just start a fire and burn up the huge willow tree that was chopped down last summer. I wanted to declutter my back yard.  My son and I had attempted this a month ago when there was snow on the ground, and we did burn a lot.  But, there she was, cut in charred thirds waiting.  I rolled one large piece the size of a city trash can to a spot in the vegetable garden and immediately applied newpaper, lit a match and poof!
knowingly, I watched the dry grass around the wood burn, stammped and manuvered the dirt with my shoe and then the wind blew...
The fire leaped across the boundries I had set for a casual burn and was on to a patch of dead grass, oh boy!  It was intense.  It was one of those moments when you ask yourself "do I run and hook up the hose, or do I battle this thing?"  The only tool laying about was a plastic snow shovel.  I had one glove on because I couldn't find the other and there I was in the midst of my own, "thriller..."  It burnt very quickly.  When I thought I had one area under control another would ignite.  Thank goodness that when the fire reached the horse pasture it stopped at the fence.  It kept creaping towards my mountain however... nothing but dead grasses for 5 acres... I beat and I beat the ground with my snow shovel, dancing back and forth to the blaze.  Finally, the fire was in control.  Now I  have a large chunk of blackened earth.   Sweet green blades of grass are already peeping from the blackness.  I had to scrub my legs to get the ashes off.  My hat and heart goes out to firefighters who perform this task everyday.  You should see my snow shovel.  And yes,  I have a burn permit.  What a day.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

I am waiting, not so paitently for Spring to come to Idaho.  I found this pretty picture of a wild flower that I shot while out roaming the wilds of Colorado.
Could it be a wild orchid?  Very mysterious... there were only two!

My First Blog

Hi Everyone,
Here is my very first post! My fingers are trembling. I am so excited to share with you who I am and what I have been doing. Yes, many of you already know that I have an Etsy shop which has brought me countless hours of fun, not to mention all of the lovely people I have met through selling my wares. So the "doing" is all about lovely vintage things that I have had for years or newly stumbled upon treasures that I carefully prepare for YOU at Etsy.

The "doing" is all about fixing up my home, finding time to be artistic and crafty, keeping up a long distance relationship with my boyfriend, loving the grand babies,  my three grown-up sons, their three adorable wives/fiance', maintaining a full-time, very demanding job, and oh, did I mention I am turning 50 this summer....

First thing on my "To Do" list:  I want to share with you as often as I can my newest decorating plans both inside and outside of my cottage. I'm a Virgo and therefore things change a lot! And there will be lots of stories to tell about my cottage. (I really need to be in the mood to tell you a story or shall I say... urban legend... of my humble abode). I want to share pictures of pretty old things, sweet babies, yum-yum good food, and let you get to know me.

So lets have some fun together. Lets do this little thing called blogging! I can't wait for a comment or two. Can I tell you a secret? I have been reading your blogs for about 4 months now and feel as though we are already friends. ...  There is something about people who love to decorate and have an eye for all things vintage.